DONKEYS AND DITCHES
Psalm 119:165. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
I have been talking of the law and how David found great Joy and pleasure in the law.
Here this scripture implies that a believer who loves the law is safeguarded from that spirit of offense. Have you seen the opposite today those who are lawless have no peace. and those that have no law of God cant help but criticise those who preach red hot truth either. its the law thats a common denominator to us. We love his law.
Let’s look at this, word “offend” it comes forth from the word “Scandalon” which describes the “cover up” of a trap set for an animal that was set in order to catch a prey. A hole in the woodland or forest would be covered with grass and thin branches as a trap, when the potential victim stood on it thinking it was solid ground, sank to the bottom the pit. Friends there nothing sold about doing away with God’s law. I’m just exposing the “trap” of the enemy here. You know why the law contains the one rule we should obey above all ” Hear O Israel “The Lord our God is one lORD.” So let me uncover that for a start.
“Scandelon” a trap or snare. “Scandelon” from which we get the English word “scandal” meaning “impropriety” or “unethical behaviour.” The church of God has its “code of ethics” Ethics that we apply in order to get by, Your falling into a ditch is as much problem as my own. Jesus confronted this on the sabbath, when the Pharisees saw Jesus enter the home of a sick man on the sabbath to heal him, they had laws, and Jesus knew it, “which of you” he said…. “having a donkey,” See it was not the fact that he done something on the sabbath, the issue was the donkey. If it was their donkey they would have pulled it out of the ditch, but because it belonged to another. Which means this your problem is mine. irresponsible for you donkey in the ditch. for what offends me will effect you.
4 DITCHES TO AVOID
THE DITCH OF MONEY MONEY AND MORE MONEY
I’ve seen more donkeys fall into this ditch than. In UK folks are sceptical of religion and preachers, so when folks spend more time asking for money that they do of saying Hi how are you today my friend. or preaching the gospel, we get hot! Me included. its a DISGRACE. tHIS IS NOT Southern California and what works in holly wood won’t work in this part of the wood. When a brother merchandises the anointing he’s in trouble listen, find our what works in your own country and what connects to the people where you are. don’t try to be flashy!
Remember Jim Bakker “I WAS WRONG” he was the father of Gospel Media made it bigger than most of us together in ministry. He was imprisoned for misuse of finances, but he had a ministry and resort that was second only to Disney land USA. he renounced the prosperity of gospel and the twisting scriptures by preachers including himself keep a “tradition” and you don’t, does not men you are not pentecostal. You are made to ! our traditions separate us. this should not be. Our spirit should connect us and bind us how bigger we would be if what connected us was our vision rather than our traditions.
People who have no law have no law as their law. both the lawless and the lawful obey laws, gods or their own. gods laws lead to life, their self made laws lead to destruction. Now I don’t want to cause a scandal here, but some folks just go ahead and dig their own ditch. whats worse, some thing said again you is something said against me, you’re lack of ethics put us both in the ditch. neither of us wants that! Which means If I see you fall into a hole I must tell you. You might be my donkey I HAVE TO PULL OUT OF A HOLE TODAY. Allow me to talk plain please, otherwise I be that pharisee complaining to Jesus. so let me complain to you.
Three ditches made by pharisees.
THE DITCH OF DITCHING THE LAW.
When the blind lead the blind both fall into the ditch.
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (Psalm19:7). We can have a revival preaching the Old Testament, we can have a Holy Ghost revival preaching the ten commandments. Moses caused a revolution by staying them and we can have a revolution by preaching them..don’t get worried, i’m not going crazy!
Notice the three words here “perfect” “sure” and “simple” adjectives that emphasise the noun “law,” “Perfect” meaning, cannot be bettered. “sure” meaning being foundational cannot be moved, “simple” meaning, cannot be misunderstood. “Reviving the soul” No wonder the Oneness pentecostals can have revival around Deut 9:6. Hallelujah!
I Read psalm 119, O how I love thy law. How can David love gods law, because it was simple truth. because it was refreshing to read and obey. God says in Deuteronomy says if you do all the commandments which I command thee this day then.. (ex28:1) then all these blessings shall come upon thee and overtake thee. blessed shalt thou be in the city, thats a law, blessed shalt thou be in the led thats a law, the Lord Shall cause you enemies shall be smitten, thats a law! they shall come up against thee one way and flee seven ways! thats a law, (DEUT 28:1-8) he make you the bad and not the tail thats the law, “God is one” thats a law. With long life will satisfy thee, thats a law. I am the lord that healeth thee, thats a law. No wonder David “loved” the law.
said David.Do you know why he could say that. because he knew the consequences for disobeying it and being att odds with god and his own conscience. No body knows how to love more than the man who has experienced hate, no body knows how to be at peace more than the man who has gone through all hell, nobody knows the value of truth more than the man who has lived in deception.david loved the law because he knew the what was like to dwell in unrighteousness. Gods perfect solution for the man needing restoration. “Perfect” “restoring the soul.”
THE RELIGIOUS DITCH
Jesus came as a missionary. A missionary to his own. and his own recited him not. he came as one of them. Jesus was a model missionary. Noice he was a Jew to the Jews. So he came to their culture as one of them. Jesus was at odds with the Jews cause the jews count win people as converts. they had to many customs that alienated people (p 45 Romans).
Why do folks despise islam, they don’t talk, they enforce their ways on society, they take over our towns.
He walked everywhere.
One of the greatest hindrances to effective missions by missionaries is trying to enforce a culture on a culture, that is trying to westernise easter people or trying to africanise British people. We have to see things form their perspective and not ours. folks resent. Paul said I become all things to all people, meaning, I can connect to them by and through their culture, he understood their culture, he was a man who grew up amid a multi cultural community where traders passed through who had connections with many traders from other countries.
And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; (1 Cor 9:20)
“Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” 1 Corinthians 9:19–23 (NIV)
The mistaken idea that we should give them Christianity offends people. But Paul went to give them Christ. We don’t go to change their lifestyle but to give them Christ who gives them a new life. the change we bring is heart change not a change of dress. for example wearing a tie, I DO IT IF ITS REQUIRED. Many cultures, and so was well familiar with the importance of relating to people of all nationalities.
THE GRACE AND GREED DITCH.
I thought it was all over, back a few years ago a preacher fell and the world laughed and scorned the church, the church by and large leaned its lesson. I thought I had seen the end Until the other day I saw a preacher spend well over 20 minutes on the offering, it seemed like 30 at least. Those who have a thousand pounds Then have the audacity to say If you cant give you may as well just go.
We have “ethics” in ministry. one you can’t force folks to give, folks five because they love to give, thats what we have to create a love church, asking for a gift is another thing being for it will bring flack and criticism and will divide some. so ask in faith never beg in faith! further being in your face and rude is unacceptable. Jesus did not pressurise anyone to give or follow him, he simply said follow me. arrogance is bad, some folks have authority and then are haughty with it. this is what Jim said,
Weak Ahabs, have a spirit of Jezebel working. When man is weak, JEZEBEL works along side, Oh You want the vineyard, you need the money, you asked and didn’t get it aHAB, THATS OK Ill get it for you, Control and manipulation the pulpit.
THE ENTERTAINMENT DITCH
We want conferences cause we want to be entertained. We like our favourite artists singers an prophets. that we we can see lour souls for the favour of men. we sell our principles cause we want to connect and hook up. Folks we need to go because we want to meet God. our programmes are an offense to God! They get in his way.
Haughtiness is our enemy in the pulpit. Haughtiness comes when a leader has no check and balance, too many leaders are surrounded by “yes” men, rather than Gods men. The anointing is not a licence to be arrogant and demanding in the pulpit.
Haughtiness is not a licence to abuse a position of authority, we have no right to be haughty or highminded in the pulpit. becomes a stumbling block Proverbs 16:18. Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall Man of God, the higher you climb the more you should be accountable, it seems as if today no one is willing to offer sincere correction, If its to be welcomed as David said (Psalm ) Then it must also be spoken. sincere means without partiality. given cause we fear the repercussions and given cause we love the name we protect and stand by.
Leaders who have no check and balance in their lives, men of god who will confront them involve about their misdemeanours. will become high-
Scandals are caused when we embrace man made ideas, like a pharisee you create the ditch and the law of the donkey. both of us are falling into a ditch you by creating this problem and me by not telling you about it. the hole gets bigger.
How do we get rid of this demons spirit of offense, by going to a brother and unloading. so pastor create an open door not close it behind you.